Hiring a Petsitter

United States
October 15, 2009 10:30am CST
In this economy, the last thing you want to do when you go on vacation is pay a fortune to board your animals at a kennel or vet clinic. While these are great options for elderly or sick dogs, who need to be closely monitored, or for aggressive pets who need specialized handling, there are many pets that would be even happier at home with a petsitter. Why hire a petsitter? Simple, it saves you time & money. Petsitters often charge $10 to $20 less per day than the average boarding facility. You don't have to pack up all the pet's food, toys, etc. and drag them over to the kennel. You feel less guilty knowing that your pet will be comfortable in a familiar environment. Don't get me wrong...boarding can be necessary and is worthwhile at times. I work for a vet clinic that accomodates boarders, so I would never want to lessen our business. HOWEVER, I am also an up-and-coming professional petsitter who has been making connections and building a steady client list for the past 6 months. With the help of the internet and sites such as Care.com and Sittercity.com, I am able to quickly & easily meet with pet parents in & around my town. For anyone who hasn't hired a petsitter before, please use a reputable site such as the two above, ask questions, do an interview, and get references, if need be. Do not assume the first respondent is the best one. The best way to know if a sitter is right for your pets is by doing an in-home interview and seeing how the petsitter interacts with your dog, cat, etc. Above, all trust your instincts! BEST WISHES TO YOU & YOUR FURRY FRIENDS! :)
2 responses
@imajoker (121)
• Finland
24 Mar 10
hello my friend! what great discussion! im also starting out s petsitter business here in finland. had it already running a while ag but then i got sick and had o stop it. still one more knee operation and im ready to start working with animals again. hope youll accetp my friend request!
• Finland
16 Jan 10
very useful and good advices. i'm just getting into this petsitting business and fund your post quite helpful since i'm looking for tips and advices to run it. enjoy your day!